Prestigious prize for student journalist

Issue 588

TOP PRIZE: Student journalist Lauren Wilks TOP PRIZE: Student journalist Lauren Wilks

A STUDENT from Mirfield has won a prestigious journalism award for writing about forced marriage.

Lauren Wilks, 25, triumphed in the student human rights reporting category at Amnesty International’s Media Awards.

The University of Edinburgh scholar detailed how a woman fled to Britain to escape a marriage where she was beaten daily by her husband.

Victim Tehmina suffered death threats from her own family after leaving her husband, with her dad telling her she no longer had a life in Pakistan.

Lauren, of Calder Road, Mirfield, was one of nine finalists. Judges included Tracy McVeigh, chief reporter at The Observer.

Sociology student Lauren, who is doing a master’s degree, wrote her piece for University of Edinburgh student newspaper The Student.

Lauren’s win was announced at a London bash attended by more than 450 journalists from the top ranks of the UK national media.

Her prize is work experience at The Observer and a fellowship with the US-based Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting.

The fellowship is a travel grant to cover an under-reported issue. Previous winners have gone to places including Ethiopia and Argentina.

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